1. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  2. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the…

  3. Kid Rock, 'Rebel Soul': Track-By-Track Review

    November 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST Kid Rock refers to "Rebel Soul," his ninth album, as "a greatest hits feeling record with all new songs." In other words, the 14-song set - recorded at Rock's home AllenRoadHouse studio and his rehearsal facility - The Warehouse - has the punk rock, the Southern rock,…

  4. Bubbling Under: No Limit For Skye Stevens

    August 24, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy and Avery*Sunshine Skye Stevens After reaching No. 20 on Dance Club Songs in June,…

  5. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  6. 88-Keys Talks the Making of 'Watch the Throne' Track, 'No Church in the Wild'

    August 11, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A funny thing happened on the way home from Saigon and Just Blaze 's show at the Apple store, in SoHo, on June 10. Producer/rapper 88-Keys decided to stop by Kanye West 's spot to say a quick 'hello.' Little did 88-Keys know that he'd be invited to a "Watch the…

  7. Bob Dylan Plays Vietnam, Venue Only Half-Full

    April 11, 2011 8:36 AM EDT After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan finally got his chance to see Vietnam at peace. The American folk singer and songwriter known for his anti-war anthems gave a special concert Sunday in the former…

  8. Bob Dylan to Perform in Vietnam for First Time

    March 15, 2011 9:25 AM EDT B ob Dylan , famous for his anti-war songs during the Vietnam War, will perform in the Communist country for the first time next month, his promoter said Tuesday. Dylan will appear at an 8,000-plus-capacity university stadium in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on April 10,…

  9. Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers' and 10 More Endlessly Delayed Rap Albums

    March 08, 2011 7:20 PM EST After much delay -- and a fan demonstration demanding the record's release back in October -- previous: 50 Cent next: Clipse previous: Cam'ron next: Dr. Dre next: Dr. Dre previous: Clipse next: Lil Jon next: Lil Jon previous: Dr. Dre next: Lil Wayne next: Lil Wayne previous: Lil Jon…

  10. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect

    March 03, 2011 4:12 PM EST The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem' s Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to…

  11. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  12. Joe Budden, Saigon Indie Releases Coming

    August 18, 2009 4:26 PM EDT Rappers Joe Budden and Saigon, both former major label acts who are currently signed with online label and promotional company Amalgam Digital, will see their new releases and back catalogues distributed by E1 Music (formerly Koch Records), in a deal announced by the companies today. The…

  13. Bennett, Mellencamp, Mayer, Henley Join Joel At Shea

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even with a night of crowd-pleasing special guests, at a stadium in its final days with the imposing shadow of a new showplace over his shoulder, Billy Joel and his versatile band ruled the night yest Even with a night of crowd-pleasing special guests, at a stadium in its final days with the…

  14. Rapper Saigon Splits With Atlantic

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After numerous delayed release dates for his debut album, rapper Saigon has officially departed Atlantic Records, to which he signed in 2004. After numerous delayed release dates for his debut album, rapper Saigon has officially departed Atlantic Records, to which he signed in 2004. A lone…

  15. The Roots Bump 'Birthday' From New Album

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The intended first single from the Roots' new album, which features Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, has fallen off of "Rising Down," due April 29 via Def Jam. The intended first single from the Roots' new album, which features Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, has…

  16. The Billboard Q&A: Charlie Daniels

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT At 71 years old, Charlie Daniels still sets a creative pace few can match. Whether touring, authoring a book or churning out another great album, he approaches each project with a sense of creative vi At 71 years old, Charlie Daniels still sets a creative pace few can match. Whether touring,…

  17. Black August / August 26 2007 / New York, New York. (Nokia Theater)

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took over New York’s Nokia Theater on Sunday, August 26th, with a huge hip-hop bill that included Dead Prez, T The annual Black August concert, which honors freedom fighters and political prisoners, took…

  18. 9th Wonder's 'Dream' Comes True With New Album

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus Records. Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus…

  19. Billboard Bits: Esmee/Timberlake, Netflix, Music Nation

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube star Esmee Denters has become the first artist signed to Tennman Records, the label launched by Justin Timberlake in a joint venture with Interscope. YouTube star Esmee Denters has become the first artist signed to Tennman Records, the label launched by Justin Timberlake in a joint…

  20. 46OnTV

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 13-20, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 13 "GAC Nights," Great American Country Featured artist(s): Sugarland. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): George Jones (also scheduled: Robin Williams). "The Tonight Show with Jay…

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